The Junior School Symposium is now a firm part of the Junior School curriculum and the free learning we promote. Having started in 2015 we team up with James Allen’s Prep School and more recently Dulwich Wood Primary School with all children working together on different workshops, issues and activities. To date, we have had themes of ‘Movement’, ‘Pattern and Chaos’, ‘Time’ and ‘Conflict and Resolution’.
Teachers from both Junior and Senior Schools as well as outside providers ensure a range of challenging, thought provoking sessions for all. If any pupil was feeling apprehensive about working with new children their fears are quickly dispelled; discussions become lively as confidence increases. In all the varied sessions, it is lovely to see groups of girls and boys working really constructively together: focussed, engaged and thoughtful. By the end of the day, every child has experienced a range of challenges to delve deeply into the theme through: thinking, exploring, problem solving, discussion, debate, analysis, evaluation and creativity.
Activities really do vary. In our ‘Conflict and Resolution’ theme, students enjoyed a Battle between Knights as well as a magician with an important environmental message! The previous year with the theme of ‘Time’, the drumming workshop and speedstackers quickly became firm favourites. The latter quite possibly inspired by the short clip of the champion speed stacker who is a pupil at Dulwich College Singapore.
A rapidly growing aspect of the day is strengthening links with other schools in the Dulwich College community around the world. Dulwich College Singapore and Dulwich College Seoul hosted their Symposia too. Short films created by talented crews in each school were then circulated so that all the children could connect with their peers around the world. This growing bond around such an exciting initiative makes it a truly global event that I know we all wish to develop further over the next few years.
Director of Studies